Edwin Whitefield

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Edwin Whitefield
Edwin Whitefield (1816-1892).jpg
Born(1816-09-22)September 22, 1816
East Lulworth, near Wareham, Dorset, England
DiedDecember 26, 1892(1892-12-26) (aged 76)
Dedham, Massachusetts
Other namesEdwin Whitefield Pennie[1]
Known forlandscape artist

Edwin Whitefield (September 22, 1816 – December 26, 1892) was a landscape artist who is best known for his lithographed views of North American cities and for a number of illustrated books on colonial homes in New England.[1]

Born in East Lulworth, near Wareham, Dorset, England,[2] he emigrated to the United States in 1838.

Whitefield visited a series of North American cities, where he published books reproducing the paintings he made there.[3] His collections were published by subscription. The cities he visited included Brooklyn (1845), Toronto (1851), Quebec City (1852), Montreal (1853-1854), Hamilton, Ontario (1854), Ithaca, New York (1855), Jamestown (1882), and Boston (1889).

In 1856, after visiting Minnesota, he made it his home, using landscapes to help persuade those seeking land to let him play a role in their purchases.[3]

Whitefield Township in Kandiyohi County, Minnesota is named for the artist while nearby Lake Lillian was named for Whitefield's wife.[4]

Montreal painted by Whitefield in 1853-54

He died in Dedham, Massachusetts.


  1. ^ a b "Edwin Whitefield (1816-1892)". White Mountain Art & Artists. Retrieved 2018-10-24. From 1847 to 1852 he traveled through Canada and across the northern states collecting views which he published in the aforementioned Original Views. From 1856 to 1859 he made several trips to Minnesota where he painted watercolor landscapes and made sketches and lithographs. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Edwin and Wilfred J. Whitefield". Minnesota Historical Society.
  3. ^ a b William J. Wittenbreer (February 2004). "The Development of An Artist's Paradise: Minnesota Landscapes: 1840-1940". St. Cloud State University. Retrieved 2018-10-23. Whitefield was a real estate speculator and an artist. Prior to coming to Minnesota in 1855, Whitefield had published several lithographs of various cities in the United States that he sold on a subscription basis. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Upham, Warren (1920). Minnesota Geographic Names: Their Origin and Historic Significance. Minnesota Historical Society. p. 272.

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